Rules: Live Draft Lobby
JOIN A LIVE DRAFT LOBBY LEAGUE
The Live Draft Lobby is where it all starts when you are ready to join a Standard League. Once you're there, click on a room name. If you are ready, click here to go to the FSR08 Live Draft Lobby.
NOTE: The listed Standard league names are for quick identity purposes only and will change to generic league names which you can customize by league vote after the draft is complete. After entering the lobby you will see the "Join This League" button. Another method is to locate a Standard League via the League Directory. To view the League Directory click here.
WAITING FOR THE DRAFT TO START
After you successfully join a lobby league, your team name and info will appear on the page in bold. The league's draft start time is displayed in the middle of the page and countdown clock below it.
NOTE:In order for a Standard Public League draft to move into drafting mode, all "Open Slots" must be filled by one hour prior to the listed draft start time. If open slots remain, recruit members to join via the message board or simply wait hoping the room will fill itself in time (the page automatically reloads itself every 30 seconds). If the room does NOT fill before one hour prior the listed start time, the start time will reset for another 5-minute time period. If the room fills all open slots when the countdown clock expires then you're in business for the actual draft to begin.
STARTING THE DRAFT
If your league is full at the listed start time the lobby room page will automatically reload itself with a link to "Launch Draft". On this view a JAVA area will appear. Click on the "Load" button to launch the java applet. You can also access the Lite Draft Application (see below) on the Launch Draft page.
NOTE: It will open a new browser window.
After clicking on the "Load Draft" button, the Java Draft applet will launch -- converting your team into drafting mode as well as determining the draft order and loading all the drivers and default draft lists for each team. You have 90 seconds to make each pick in each round. A system message will appear when the draft is complete. If you want to continue chatting through the java applet you can do so for about 45 minutes by clicking the "OK" button. To close the applet, simply click the "X" in the upper-right corner of the applet.
NOTE: In Custom Leagues it is possible for the League Manager to set the Draft Pick times, so it is wise to make sure you are aware before your draft how much time you have each round. Pick times can be set for 30, 60, 90 or even 120 seconds.
LITE VERSION DRAFT
They might appear completely different but really the Lite and Java draft work in much the same way. Both allow you to select your drivers and view others teams. Best of all, you can use BOTH during your live drafts. The Lite draft is available from the "Launch Draft" page and will open a new window when clicked. It's a good backup to have in case your system has any problems with the JAVA applet during the draft.
AFTER THE DRAFT
After the draft is complete the system needs a few minutes to convert your team from drafting to season mode. After it converts your new team will be accessible in regular HTML mode from the Fantasy Football front page. Now it's time to analyze your first week's race, opponents' teams and perhaps start thinking about some trades!
THE MOCK DRAFT LOBBY
The Mock Draft Lobby is a great way to practice drafting. It works in the same way as the Live Draft Lobby. The only difference is the Mock Draft does not count! The Mock Draft lobby can be used for draft practice or for testing purposes. We encourage you to try it out. Good luck with your season!
If you are interested, click here to go to the FSR08 Mock Draft Lobby.